Thursday, June 5, 2014

Plaza Suite - Meet cast member Anne Paine West

Tell me a little bit about your character.
Norma Hubley is the dedicated mother of Mimsey - adn the wife of "sometimes overbearing" husband Roy.  A frustrated and insecure wife and mother, Norma struggles to present her imperfect family as perfect.  Act III emphasizes the importance of a loving marriage for a family, and Norma and Roy's foibles and absurdities make for painful but wonderful comedy.  Everyone can easily identify with and feel compassion for the Hubley family.

What were some of the challenges for you in working on this piece?
A challenge has been the director's decision to highlight the storied Plaza Suite.  Act III is set in 1907, the year the legendary hotel opened.  We had to change a bit of the dialogue, and, of course, period costumes were required.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
Neil Simon wrote: "My view is how sad and funny life is.  This is a tradition of Jewish humor...seeing humor as a healing, life-giving force."

Plaza Suite will be playing at LTA June 14 - July 5.  Tickets can be purchased online at

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